Final yr I gave excessive marks to Tribit’s XSound Go waterproof transportable Bluetooth speaker, which sounded spectacular for its small measurement and likewise had an honest design. That mannequin’s nonetheless round — and continues to be an excellent deal at slightly greater than $30 — however now it has a giant brother, the Tribit MaxSound Plus, which retails for $56 within the US and £56 within the UK. (It does not but look like out there in Australia.)

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It seems to be similar to the XSound Go, with the identical rounded corners, however the MaxSound Plus seems to be to be about 30 p.c bigger and weighs 21 ounces (595 grams) to the XSound Go’s 13.four ounces (380 grams). This mannequin can also be IPX7 licensed, which suggests it is totally waterproof and could be submersed in as much as three ft (1 meter) of water for as much as 30 minutes. We gave it a dunk and it survived.

The smaller XSound Go (left) in comparison with the MaxSound Plus (proper).

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Other than its bigger measurement, the MaxSound Plus has one small design change price mentioning: The Tribit emblem has been shrunk to a tasteful measurement. Evidently, the big white lettering on the grill of the XSound Go seems to be slightly garish.

As you would possibly count on, the speaker’s bigger measurement — and bigger drivers — assist it produce greater sound with extra bass. Tribit lists the XSound Go as a 12-watt speaker whereas the MaxSound Plus will get a 24-watt spec. Whereas there is no speakerphone performance on this mannequin, there’s an additional bass button that rounds out the bass with slightly extra thump. You may most likely wish to go away the bass increase on always, so it is slightly foolish that there is even a button for it, however it’s a type of advertising gimmicks that corporations like and apparently customers fall for.

There is a pretty substantial bounce in sound high quality from the XSound Go to the MaxSound Plus. The brand new speaker simply sounds extra even and effectively balanced and does not pressure to supply sufficient bass. I say sufficient as a result of these compact audio system can solely produce a lot bass. In different phrases, do not count on the MaxSound Plus’ bass to rattle the partitions of your house. It may go deeper than the XSound Go, however it could actually’t go that deep. (I do not wish to increase your expectations an excessive amount of).

With the smaller XSound Go, extra rock-oriented tunes like The Smashing Pumpkins’ “Silvery Generally (Ghosts)” sound slightly skinny and do not come throughout so effectively. However listening to the identical music on the MaxSound Plus you extra apt to say to your self, “Properly, that sounds all proper.”

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